Hawkins joined the Ohio State coaching staff as a graduate assistant for the 2014 season on Monday. He will work with quarterbacks and wide receivers, which means he'll get to work with Braxton Miller, a likely Heisman Trophy frontrunner next season.
It wouldn't surprise me at all if Hawkins helps Miller improve, even though he's already pretty darn good.
In the five seasons I covered him and his father, Dan, here in Boulder (2006-2010), Cody Hawkins always struck me as a guy who was born to be a coach at some point. I'm happy to see him finally choose this path. I have no doubt he will be a success.
It's going to take him a few years to work his way up, but I'm betting he rises quickly through the coaching ranks to hold a position like offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach somewhere as a young man, just like CU's current offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren did. It also wouldn't surprise me to see him become a head coach at some point not too far off in the future.
I realize that's a pretty bold proclamation about a guy who just started doing what amounts to coaching grunt work on Monday, but I don't know that I've come across a player in my time covering the Buffs who understood the game better and loved it more than Hawkins. Those qualities will serve him well as a coach.
I bet, when the opportunity comes, he will be a strong recruiter as well.
Perhaps some day, Hawkins will be able to return to the program he loves so much here in Boulder and run out on to Folsom Field behind Ralphie once again.
Contact staff writer Kyle Ringo at firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/kyleringo.